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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash has existed for thousands of years, and for centuries the term "small beer" was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second beer. We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious—similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"—and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.


1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime. Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I don’t even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sam’s in Chicago, IL. Horrible!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
Pours with a clear light amber body topped by a thick rocky sustaining head with good lace. Slightly sweet and lemony hop aroma with a piney background. Slightly sweet yet very bitter hop flavor with a touch of lemon and piney notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
Golden yellow in color, aroma was very boring and unoffensive. Taste was super clean, lightly sweetened malts....not a lot there. Tons of flavor for such a low ABV.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
Bottle. Lasting head, amber color. Plain, malty, a bit more effervescent than I expected. So this is that "mild ale" thing. I'll give it this, at 2.3% it was way better than budcoorsmiller lite.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 (22 oz bottle) light pale orange. Small off white head. Mild malt/hops aroma. Pale malt with distinct herbal/grassy hops finish. A really solid session beer or summertime out in the sun beer.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Medium orange gold color. Head is smallish. Aroma is malty and slightly skunky. A light bodied beer. Very light and watery tasting. There is something not quite right with this beer, not sure quite what it is, but it ain’t right. Malts are way to mild. Hops are way to astringent. And it only 2.3 % alcohol as well. Not a very good effort from Anchor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is harsh. Aftertaste is bitter. DRAIN POUR TIME!!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Very unusuall style, I've often heard about this beer but never tried untill I was at the brewery. Its the perfect summer beer. Extremely light malt, subtle hops, very low alcohol content...

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- orangey, golden color, small foam head with a steady stream of bubbles, light aroma, hoppy with a light fruity sweetness; flavor is highly, highly bitter, yet not a tasty bitter – overbearing, malt is also very plain and thin – a poor showing from a great brewery

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 I didn't realize that this beer was so low in ABV, I might not have bought it had I known. But, I bought it, so here I am. Aroma similar to that of Steam. Creamy, slightly off-white head. Fairly light in color, as expected. Fair amount of carbonation. Kind of a fuzzy mouth feel. Not one of Anchor's best brews.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2003
As this beer is made from the reused, second mashing of their Old Foghorn beer, it comes out a tad weak. There's obviously a reason why the mash generally isn't reused, and the taste of this beer makes that clear. Anchor gives you a real big bottle of "small beer" as if to make up for it's unpleasant taste. It's sort of like a watered down Anchor Steam.


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